England versus Brazil
Road to World Cup Russia - England to host Brazil at Wembley
England has already secured qualification for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, England recently began their World Cup preparation with a friendly against top-ranked FIFA team Germany on November 10th that resulted in a 0-0 draw at Wembley Stadium in London. Next England host giant team Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on November 14. Although the match is sold out, LiveFootballTickets.com still has great seats and top England v Brazil tickets for you to purchase now securely online while supplies last. Support your team while immersing yourself in the thrilling excitement of the match against the world famous Brazilian football team at Wembley on Tuesday, November 14. Do not miss out on the opportunity to see Brazil football superstars Neymar and Coutinho as they battle against England’s Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Marcus Rashford.
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Gareth Southgate has remarked that his successor as England manager may end up benefiting most from the current commitment to youth progression, with a trio of players from the England under-21s called up for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil. Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook will join Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Norwich goalie Angus Gunn, on loan from Manchester City, on the senior squad for the friendly at Wembley after playing in the juniors’ 2-0 European Championship qualifying win in Ukraine on Friday. The three young footballers were checked by FA medics on Saturday night. Southgate originally envisaged elevating Solanke who was able to score at Kiev’s Obolon Arena along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray but opting instead for players in positions where the seniors require greater cover. Southgate talked about his decision to “blood more youngsters” who impressed in junior tournaments over the summer as a no-brainer after his young England side were able to draw 0-0 with the reigning world champions, mighty Germany, on Friday. England under-20s captain Lewis Cook led his side to their 2017 World Cup win, while Dominic Solanke earned the tournament’s Golden Ball with 4 goals in England’s victory. The young victor’s elevation to the squad to play Brazil is part of Southgate’s long-term strategy to offer a pathway to progress. “I’ve got to assess who are the players that I think could play at the highest level,” said Southgate. “They might not be 100% ready now, but who do we want to invest our time in? Ruben Loftus Cheek, Joe Gomez, and Jordan Pickford have shown some really good qualities. Harry Winks is the same. We had to get the balance through qualification. We had to qualify and then we could start to look at some of these guys and see what was possible. It’s not going to all happen before the World Cup, and some of them might not be ready for next summer, but there are exciting young English players coming through which is encouraging. Whether it is me that benefits from that or the next manager, the reason I was given the job was that I have an understanding of what is coming through. We’ve looked at what Germany have done over a period of time and want to establish a pathway for our young players. If we do that, the technical type of player that is coming through our system now and the athletic profile we have got could be really exciting. Our job is to analyze why other countries’ teams are being successful and what does our system look like. I have to say huge credit to the clubs for developing the sort of players they are developing, but we would be foolish not to see the signs of Spain and Germany being successful following on from success at youth level and sticking with some continuity with the way they play and the people involved. For me, it is all about the bigger picture and what is right for England. I haven’t enjoyed watching us play in all our games but away in Germany, against Spain and Germany at home I’ve enjoyed the performance.”
Veteran England No. 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart will start in against Brazil on Tuesday, however, Jack Butland would reportedly have started had he not broken a finger in training on the eve of the Germany match. Phil Jones, currently England’s most capped starter with 24 appearances to date, aggravated his existing thigh problem and is ruled out, with Gary Cahill likely to be named. Marcus Rashford may start, but Southgate will assess Loftus-Cheek, Gomez, and Tammy Abraham to determine their status. “The Germany game will have taken a lot out of all of them, and Tuesday will be a much harder test because of the effort we put in,” Southgate said. “Very often you can go into one game and do really well and then you have to find that level of performance so quickly again. We’ll have to think about the team we pick and who is ready, but whatever happens, these two games will be a brilliant experience for us.”
Friday’s England team which took on Germany looked fit and in form and were able to stop reigning World Cup Champions Germany from scoring even a single goal. Southgate’s side had only a handful of caps between them and, in some cases, only a few top-tier Premier League appearances to their credit. Fans expectations were low when the England v Germany teamsheet was revealed to battle the defending world champions. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, and Jordan Pickford were stellar, however. Gareth Southgate will likely give another chance to these same young men against Brazil on Tuesday, as they join the rest of the side who hope to stake their claim for a spot on Southgate’s World Cup Russia 2018 squad. England has many positives to build on. Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Pickford, and Jake Livermore managed to replicate the form they have shown in the England Premier League to earn their call-ups in the first place. Fans hope that if Livermore is a 6-7 out of 10 for West Brom every week, he will perform the same at international level. An inspired Loftus-Cheek was named Man of the Match after he showed amazing skills and form. The Chelsea striker, on loan at Swansea, impressed the 80,000-plus football fans attending the match. Gareth Southgate was thrilled with his side's performance against titan Germany and will look for another positive result against Brazil’s Neymar and Co. Germany have more players under the age of 23 in their squad than England, including the best young player in the England Premier League. In their 2014 World Cup victory, the Germans had players on their squad like Manuel Neuer who previously competed in the 2010 World Cup as a fairly inexperienced young player, lost, then went on to win World Cup 2014. In Qatar, the side who became world champions at 21 will be 25. With the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Co Southgate may do the same. England manager Gareth Southgate was interviewed after the draw and asked about England’s last-chance set play and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
“The last-gasp chance was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance,” said Southgate. “Loftus-Cheek did everything I know he can do. I think it took 10minutes to realize, I’m OK here. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. I think he’ll gain huge confidence from it. There’ll be even bigger tests because I think Germany had even another gear from what they showed second half, but nonetheless, really pleased for him. I’m really happy. It was a tough game against a good Germany side and I think it was a very tactical game. With the age of the squad, it was good for the young players. I certainly learned a lot in this game.”
“Gareth Southgate just said, do your best like you normally do,” said Loftus-Cheek. “I had Gareth for nearly three years in the Under-21s so it wasn’t too much of a new thing coming here. To go to the World Cup, it’s still a long season and I look to improve, so I think there’s a chance. I have to keep getting better, and hopefully, there’s a chance to get on the plane.” England captain Eric Dier was also pleased with his side’s performance. “I think we did well. Obviously, against a very well-oiled machine in Germany, they’re going to have periods when they control possession, but I thought they didn’t really hurt us when they did that and we had periods when we controlled the game, broke well at times and are disappointed we didn’t score.”
England gave debuts to Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Tammy Abraham as manager Gareth Southgate named an experimental XI for the Wembley friendly against Germany. Pickford benefited from Jack Butland’s broken finger to take his place in goal and earned a clean sheet, Loftus-Cheek was in midfield, and Abraham partnered superstar striker Jamie Vardy in front. The number of debutants under Southgate is 11 in 13 games, with Eric Dier his 6th different captain. Before the match against their future World Cup Russia 2018 rivals Germany, Gareth Southgate talked about all the withdrawals from his squad for the Brazil match, about playing three at the back and John Stones’ role in his decision, and about Ruben Loftus-Cheek and young players. “It has been challenging, but we’ve known what we’ve got to work with since Tuesday but now I’m excited to see the younger players in particular go and show what they can do. I think having qualified we’ve got to experiment a bit. We’re building towards next summer, and this is a great test for everybody against a top, top team.”
“We know that he can control possession from the back and we need players that are comfortable on the ball throughout the team. For me that’s the way forward,” continued Southgate about John Stones. He’s as good as anybody at doing that and I think the options it gives us going forward gives us a better structure than we have with a 4-2-3-1.”
“He’s particularly good at driving at the opposition when he’s behind their midfield,” added Southgate about Ruben Loftus-Cheek. ”Very powerful but with good technical ability. I think this will give him a lot of confidence. We’re building a way of playing. This is a really good test and we’ll learn more from this than playing lesser opposition as we have in the qualifying games.”
England Team against Germany
Pickford; Trippier, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Rose; Livermore, Loftus-Cheek, Dier; Vardy, Abraham.
Germany: Ter Stegen; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg; Draxler, Werner, Sané.
England and Germany's players wore black armbands bearing poppies for Friday’s friendly at Wembley. The FA and German Football Association (DFB) in remembrance of members of the armed forces, past and present. Last year, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were fined by Fifa for displaying poppies as part of the Armistice Day commemorations, the world governing body has considered it a political symbol. However, after the rules were revised in September, the four home United Kingdom nations said it was their intention to request permission from their opponents and Fifa to wear poppies during their games in the days before and on Remembrance Sunday.
Here are the results of other recent FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group Stage Qualifying matches:
Thursday, November 8
Croatia 4-1 Greece
Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland
Friday, November 10
Sweden 1-0 Italy
Saturday, November 11
Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland
Sunday, November 12
Switzerland 0-0 Northern Ireland
Greece 0-0 Croatia
Monday, November 13
Italy v Sweden
Republic of Ireland v Denmark
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